The 2016/17 NHL season is about to begin! Here are the four season preview that I’ve been working on in the past four days! Be sure to share the videos with friends!
Will the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators push for playoff contention?
Is tanking over for the Oilers? Could the Flames clinch a playoff spot with NHL-calibre goaltending? Are the Vancouver Canucks looking to Nolan Patrick?
Could the Nashville Predators be the powerhouse of the Central Division? Will the Winnipeg Jets trade or sign Jacob Trouba?
Will the Washington Capitals win another President’s Trophy?
The Edmonton Oilers traded Nail Yakupov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a third round pick and Zach Pochiro, who has played 44 games in the ECHL!
This reaches an absurdity level almost as close as the Taylor Hall trade. The Oilers never truly gave Yakupov a real opportunity. He often found himself on the third line, and after a year of speculation, he’s traded to a Western Conference competitor in the St. Louis Blues.
At only 23 years young, Yakupov is a special talent, and will probably excel with the Blues. Yakupov scored 31 points in the lockout shortened season, and hasn’t been able to find an offensive production near that level in a full season.
Expect to hear some comments from Yakupov that he was never truly believed in. And rightly so.
Imagine if Yakupov played a full season alongside McDavid in 2016-17. You could argue that Yakupov should be able to produce on his own, but it goes back to the Taylor Hall concept. The Oilers should have surrounded Yakupov with the right players in order for him to succeed, and now the new management has bailed on him.
The Oilers continue to make questionable decisions. They’re expected to sign defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year, $3.1M deal, after they already have a bottom pairing defenceman in Andrej Sekera locked up for five more years at a 5.5 million-dollar cap hit. So much for leaving room for Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson.
Look out for Yakupov to have a good season with the Blues.
The Edmonton Oilers unveiled their first mascot in team history on Monday morning. Hunter the Canadian Lynx was named after the team’s founder of 1972, Bill Hunter. Hunter will wear number 72 and has an authentic look. The mascot isn’t kid-friendly, so what will be the lifespan of the newest member of the Oilers?
Let’s begin with the wow factor.
Continue reading Forgetting about Appealing to Children
Did you know that the Oilers traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson? And that trade was topped by the Montreal Canadiens, who shipped PK Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber! Are we living in a dream?
Fans of the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens are miserable after losing the faces of their franchise. With the departure of PK Subban from the Habs and Taylor Hall from the Oilers, the respective fan bases are anticipating the next move. Is the next move the right move for either team?
The Edmonton Oilers are reported to be the front runners for Milan Lucic, while the Montreal Canadiens want Milan Lucic.
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General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers Peter Chiarelli wants to explore trading his fourth overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The Oilers have selected first overall in four of six years, drafting Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, and Connor McDavid. Big surprise, the team hasn’t clinched a single playoff berth.
Continue reading Oilers Might Not Draft Top Five?
It’s just about time for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans to bid farewell to their home barn.
Continue reading Back in 1974
2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the first expansion team that will be granted an expansion draft. Per Lighthouse Hockey and Darren Dreger of TSN, the basic outline before the expansion draft will be as follows:
- Teams can protect either 3 defensemen, 7 forwards and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters and 1 goalie, per Darren Dreger.
- However: Teams can only lose one player per expansion team. (So if there’s only one team, you only lose one player).
- Prospects and “first- and second-year pros” are exempt and don’t need to be protected.
2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the only team that will be granted an expansion draft. If so Which players will be protected by each Canadian NHL team?
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Going into the 2015-16 season, the league increased the salary cap by $2.4M from $69M 2014-15. The salary cap could increase by a maximum of $3.1M for the 2016-17 season, but with the free-falling dollar, the NHL will not likely rise by the max of $3.1M from the cap of $71.4 in s2015-16.
The need for more salary cap space has never been higher (except for the Winnipeg Jets who have $25M of space). Ten of the stronger NHL teams are restricted to less than three million dollars of cap space. The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning likely want to improve their roster for a deep playoff run, but are restricted by a lack of cap space.
Each team in the NHL has at least one bad contract, in assessing performance for money. Ryan Callahan of the Tampa Bay Lightning is effective, but overpaid at $5.8M. Brandon Dubinsky is paid to $5.85M be a second/third line center.
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New York Islanders’ right-handed defenceman is seeking a trade, not because Hamonic doesn’t like Brooklyn or the Islanders organization. Hamonic has private family concerns that he wants to address by being closer to home. Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow has addressed that he wants Travis Hamonic in return, essentially a right-handed defenceman in return. Which teams would trade for Hamonic?
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Young, talented players of several Canadian NHL teams will dominate throughout 2015-16 season. Many of these future stars have recently been drafted, and are quickly working their way up in their career. Here are some players to look out for in the 2015-16 season:
Continue reading Watch Out for a Break Out